Udaipur is the third largest city in Tripura, next to Agartala and Dharmanagar. Udaipur is known as the lake city. There are many lakes in the area. But it would be equally fitting to also call it the city of temples. The city is best known for the famed Tripura Sundari Temple.
Established on the banks of Gomati, the largest river in Tripura, Udaipur has many historical sites and temples. It draws many pilgrims each year. Tripura Sundari Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, a revered site for the Hindus.
Udaipur was the former capital of the Manikya dynasty kings. The ruins of the old palace and many historical sites bear witness to this.
How to Reach:
Udaipur city is located 55 kms from Agartala. There are buses and taxis leaving for Udaipur every few minutes. Transportation is uncomfortable but nevertheless cheap.
Where to Stay:
There are two state run guest houses in Udaipur, namely Gomati Yatri Niwas and Gunabati Tourist Lodge. These offer the best accommodation at the best prices. Room tariff starts from Rs. 550.
Where to eat:
The biggest problem at Udaipur was finding a nice clean place to eat. Sometimes, I would skip a day without proper meal. I couldn't find a decent place to eat. I was so relieved when I found a decent place to eat near the town hall. The locals directed me to a small place called Abhishek Restaurant.
Places to see:
Tripura Sundari Temple is the most revered temples in Tripura. It is a popular site for pilgrims, especially for Hindus from North-East.
Gunabati Group of Temples:
These temples were built by Maharani Gunabati, wife of Maharaja Govinda Manikya in 1668 AD. They are located close to the Gumati River and are under lot of renovation work. Little is known about this group of temples.
Tepania Eco-Park is fast becoming a tourist favourite. The park is just 5 kms from Udaipur.
The old palace across the Gomati River is in ruins but it unveils a rich history and culture of the past civilization and the Tripura Kingdom in its glory.